Sat, Jan 21, 2012

Chuck Norris | January 21, 2012

Our republic as our Founding Fathers created it is under assault from extremists outside our country and anti-constitutionalists inside our country.

John C. Goodman | January 21, 2012

Ever since the First Couple entered the White House, their social life has swirled around the very rich. Hollywood actors, pop star singers, Wall Street hedge fund managers, billionaire investors — these are the fabled "top 1 percent" in terms of income and wealth.

John Ransom | January 21, 2012

For liberals who have oh'ed and aw'ed at the Styrofoam columns that have held up Obama's presidency, his books and his life, science isn't wanted, only stagecraft.

Ed Feulner | January 21, 2012

If you were to rank the countries of the world in terms of economic freedom, where would the United States fall? First, or at least in the top three? The top five, surely.

Townhall.com Staff | January 21, 2012

Economic freedom is often conflated with “business interests.” In reality, economic freedom is about promoting the individual’s interest. The Indiana State Legislature has great opportunity this year to advance economic freedom for our state’s individual workers.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 21, 2012

If you were playing chess against someone, and that person kept pleading with you to make a certain move, wouldn’t you be a tad bit suspicious that they weren’t trying to help you win?

Brett McMahon | January 21, 2012

“Government is killing small business,” said Bob Bertsch, who closed his longtime construction business in Washington State and auctioned off his assets. The problems: taxes and overburdensome regulations. I know what he’s talking about—and so do too many Americans.

Tad DeHaven | January 21, 2012

The move portends bigger government, not smaller.

Larry Kudlow | January 21, 2012

The issue of crony capitalism should be front and center in this campaign. President Obama defends his cronies instead of the so called 99 percent.

Jeff Carter | January 21, 2012

When it’s hard to make sense, it’s easier to drive home fallacious points about income gap’s, a smaller middle class, salary and wage discrepancies and the rest of the class warfare arguments you see popping up all over the media and in virtually every left wing political comment or speech.

Michael F. Cannon | January 21, 2012

Former Romney/Obama advisor Jonathan Gruber has written that RomneyCare was already costing the state $50 billion more than projected by 2009.

Michael Tanner | January 21, 2012

The latest Rassmussen poll shows Americans favoring repeal of the new health-care law by a 53-40 margin — the Obama administration has developed a new theory as to why. We simply don’t trust government enough.

Mark Calabria | January 21, 2012

On January 3th, the day before the appointments, Obama’s job approval ratings, according to RealClearPolitics, averaged 47.2 approval and 47.8 disapproval. Basically a tie. Today, his job approval is at 44.5 and disapproval is 50.3. Moving over the course of a week from a tie to a spread of almost 6 percentage points.

Mike Shedlock | January 21, 2012

Last week I received a different kind of proposal that merits a much closer look than all of the various bailout proposals I have seen to date.

Steve Deace | January 21, 2012

Since the advent of the contemporary presidential primary system in the 1970s, no Republican has gone on to win his party’s presidential nomination without winning the crucial South Carolina primary.

Chris Edwards | January 21, 2012

Chris Edward's of Cato and Downsizing Government explains how Obama's latest proposal to merge government agencies won't make the federal government smaller.

Bob Beauprez | January 21, 2012

In a truth is stranger than fiction moment, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has warned Obama that if we don't buy Canada's oil someone else will. Most likely China.

Virgil Goode | January 21, 2012

When Barack Obama campaigned for president, he claimed "I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won't work in my White House."

Crista Huff | January 21, 2012

The two post-spin-off stocks will represent Sara Lee's international coffee and tea business in one company, and North American operations in another company, which includes Jimmy Dean, Ball Park and Hillshire Farm meat products; baked goods, and the commercial food operations.

Fri, Jan 20, 2012

Diana West | January 20, 2012

Is there a single public official who is examining -- who cares about -- the murder spree by Afghan security forces against Western troops and security contractors in Afghanistan? I can list well over 40 such murders in the past two years. These incidents even have their own phrase in military jargon -- "green-on-blue" shootings -- but the color we should all be seeing is red. Does Obama see red? Pelosi? Romney? Newt? Anyone?

Armstrong Williams | January 20, 2012

Boy, is it ever hot in South Carolina these days. Last night’s debate started with fireworks, and the rockets’ red glare are guaranteed to continue through the weekend. This is the stuff of primary lore; one that will be remembered for decades. It’s just a bit sad, however, that it’s less a clash of titanic issues and more one of titanic (and flawed) egos.

Townhall.com Staff | January 20, 2012

This week, I voted to repeal another piece of President Obama's unsustainable healthcare law - the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program. In addition to voting to repeal this legislation, I am a co-sponsor on the bill that would repeal this program.

Caroline Glick | January 20, 2012

Anti-Semitism may not yet be a litmus test for social acceptability in the US, but it has certainly become acceptable. Proof of this dismal state of affairs came this week with the publication of a supportive profile of University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer in The Atlantic Monthly written by the magazine's in-house foreign policy guru Robert Kaplan.

Rebecca Hagelin | January 20, 2012

There's nothing that unifies conservatives more than this: We love to hate the media. And no one knows how to take that shared passion and encite us into a mob better than Newt Gingrich.

Rich Galen | January 20, 2012

The Lad came East to visit with some clients and had dinner with the Mullings Director of Standards and Practices and, as happens at family dinners in Your Nation's Capital, we talked about politics. I said that I understood that Rick Perry had cancelled much of his schedule on Wednesday afternoon which told me he was going to be out of this thing before the debate last night.

Thomas Sowell | January 20, 2012

Focusing attention and attacks on people who have greater wealth-generating capacity -- whether races, classes or whatever -- has had counterproductive consequences, including tragedies written in the blood of millions. Whole totalitarian governments have risen to dictatorial power on the wings of envy and resentment ideologies.

Michelle Malkin | January 20, 2012

Where did President Obama go after killing off thousands of Keystone XL pipeline construction and manufacturing jobs? Why, Disney World, of course. Sabotaging work is hard work for Goofy and his pals.

Brent Bozell | January 20, 2012

At least once a year, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert professes to get serious about politics. He portrays himself as a pompous Bill O'Reilly clone.

Jonah Goldberg | January 20, 2012

"In the Treasury we do not speak of tons of silver. Our unit is the troy ounce." That was the response from some bureaucrat when Leslie Groves, the man who oversaw the Manhattan Project, sought thousands of tons of silver to be turned into electrical wires.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | January 20, 2012

The root of economic freedom is the recognition of the right to own private property. That includes the right to utilize it unmolested, to dispose of it without anyone's permission and to exclude anyone from it, even the government. Suffice it to say, no American president since the advent of the income tax and the Federal Reserve 100 years ago has fully accepted or meaningfully defended that right.

David Limbaugh | January 20, 2012

I wish Republican politicians would have faith in the largely conservative electorate and not behave as though they'll make themselves unelectable unless they pander to Generic Moderate.

Mona Charen | January 20, 2012

If you wish for peace, prepare for war. -- Latin adage

John Ransom | January 20, 2012

Obama and enviro-whacko friends know that if they allow Canadian tar sands oil to be developed via the Keystone pipeline, that the US will also start to develop their own tar-sands and shale oil. If that happens, the green economy ruse that the left has sponsored, already reeling from bankruptcies and cronyism, would collapse. It would show that there is no shortage of oil and “green” energy can not compete with fossil fuels.

Scott Rasmussen | January 20, 2012

When his tenure at the investment firm Bain Capital became an issue in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney responded by saying he "was disappointed ... to see one of my opponents attacking free enterprise, just like the president was."

Neal Boortz | January 20, 2012

In 1977 I was in my 7th year as a talk show host on Atlanta’s WRNG “Ring Radio.” Talk radio in 1977 was nothing like it is right now.

Oliver North | January 20, 2012

On Dec. 31, just hours before a New Year's Eve celebration, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Section 1245 of the law contains language providing authority to impose economic sanctions on Iran in order to deter the ayatollahs from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Pat Buchanan | January 20, 2012

Are not the murders of four Iranian scientists associated with that nation's nuclear program, by the attachment of bombs to their cars in Tehran, also acts of terrorism?

Rachel Alexander | January 20, 2012

To the Occupy movement: I know some of you mean well. I even share some of your concerns. The dismal economy has made it difficult to find a good job with benefits. Meanwhile, the government is bailing out the wealthy banks and mortgage lenders that helped precipitate this depressed economy.

Suzanne Fields | January 20, 2012

Presidential campaigns are notorious for unleashing scurrilous rhetoric. Only George Washington was elected as an uncontroversial reflection of the nation's will. Then we got political parties, and it was downhill after that.

Linda Chavez | January 20, 2012

When President Obama gives his state of the union address next week, you can count on his making a big pitch for education.

Donald Lambro | January 20, 2012

While Romney is a millionaire, any American who buys a share of stock and sells it for a profit, or is paid dividends from that stock or other investment, or sells a home would would pay the same rate Romney does.

Maggie Gallagher | January 20, 2012

In an intriguing set of empirical studies just published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, a team of social scientists led by professor Sanne Nauts shows that the mere prospect of speaking with an unknown woman reduces men's (but not women's) performance on cognitive tasks.

Steven Aden | January 20, 2012

Last year, Planned Parenthood committed nearly 330,000 abortions, received almost $500,000,000 in taxpayer subsidies, and started a texting campaign so that girls as young as 14 can interact with the abortion provider and receive propaganda from the same. And that was just in the United States.

Kyle Olson | January 20, 2012

New York City government schools have had some pretty outrageous policies. Rubber rooms were a great example. They were special places created for teachers accused of crimes, incompetence and the like. Due to state tenure laws, it actually cost less to house the failed teachers in a location where they couldn’t inflict more damage on students, than to go through the lengthy and expensive legal process necessary to fire them.

Michael Tanner | January 20, 2012

In the two Republican contests so far, Paul consistently won about 20 percent of the vote. Polls show that even in South Carolina, which is not considered hospitable territory for the Texas congressman, he is expected to take about one-sixth of the vote.

Mark Calabria | January 20, 2012

Recently released Fed transcripts reveal an interesting fact: it wasn’t the all-knowing, impartial Ivy League academics (like Bernanke and Yellen) or the long-term bureaucrats (like Geithner) that expressed concern about the housing and mortgage markets, it was the Republican banker from Tennessee, Susan Bies.

Mike Shedlock | January 20, 2012

Interestingly, anyone who wants Hollande to win can crossover and vote for Le Pen in the first round, just to get Sarkozy off the ballot. Hollande would likely trounce Le Pen.

Jeff Carter | January 20, 2012

The Democratic energy policy is stupid. There isn’t another way to say it. One can ridicule it, satire it, make fun of it, but their line of thinking is stupid.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 20, 2012

Two hacks at ABC News, Brian Ross and Megan Chuchmach, revealed (brace yourself for a real scoop) that Mitt Romney is a rich guy and some of his investments are based in funds domiciled in the Cayman Islands (gasp!).

Michael F. Cannon | January 20, 2012

One of ObamaCare’s big selling points was that it would launch lots of pilot programs so that Medicare bureaucrats could learn how to reduce health care costs and improve the quality of care. This week, the Congressional Budget Office threw cold water on the idea.

Political Calculations | January 20, 2012

Plugging in Planned Parenthood's total reported abortion count of 324,008 for 2008 into the tool suggests that the average price paid by a patient at their clinics is $418.61, which would put their annual revenue for performing this volume of abortions at $135,633,517.

Thu, Jan 19, 2012

Tom Borelli | January 19, 2012

President Obama launched the New Year by blasting an unpopular Congress.

Rebecca Hagelin | January 19, 2012

The past few weeks President Obama requested a trillion dollar increase to the debt limit, appointed another liberal to head the Domestic Policy Council, rejected the Keystone Oil Pipeline and rallied nearly 200 big-time Hollywood supporters to campaign for him. It’s business as usual--just another month in his relentless campaign to destroy American values and prosperity.

Hugh Hewitt | January 19, 2012

Will ABC's interview of Marianne Ginrich matter in the South Carolina primary? Will Mitt Romney's wealth and "effective tax rate of 15%" hurt him in the Palmetto State? Will the endorsement of Rick Santorum by key Evangelical leaders over the past weekend in Texas swing him crucial support on Saturday?

Thomas Sowell | January 19, 2012

Anyone who has ever been in a Third World country, or even in a slum neighborhood at home, is likely to wonder why there can be such dire poverty among some people, while others are prospering.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 19, 2012

The best part about the campaign trail is the places you go and the people you meet. This week, we are in South Carolina, and I am thrilled to be back in the Palmetto State. I graduated from Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, live across the state line in Georgia and feel very at home here.

Michael Barone | January 19, 2012

The crowd at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach was feisty, with whoops and cheers for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, though not so much for Ron Paul.

Victor Davis Hanson | January 19, 2012

In Greek mythology, the prophetess Cassandra was doomed both to tell the truth and to be ignored. Our modern version is a bankrupt Greece that we seem to discount.

Larry Elder | January 19, 2012

Why does President Barack Obama enjoy a no-fly zone on gay marriage?

John Ransom | January 19, 2012

The president is standing before the entire nation with his pants bunched up around his ankles. Because today is the day that Obama increased the amount of energy we need to import from places like the Middle East and Venezuela; today is the day that he crushed hundreds of thousands of US jobs. And he did both because he can't be bothered to do ANYTHING, except campaign.

Cal Thomas | January 19, 2012

A group of conservative evangelical leaders met in Texas last weekend and endorsed a Roman Catholic for president. Given the history of evangelical antipathy toward the theological underpinnings of the Roman Catholic Church, that in itself signals a remarkable evolution (pardon the word), along with a considerable amount of political pragmatism.

Debra J. Saunders | January 19, 2012

President Barack Obama should pardon the four Marines who were captured on video as they urinated on three corpses, presumably dead Taliban.

Matt Towery | January 19, 2012

After years as an officeholder, strategist, pollster, you name it, I have truly come to despise politicians. This year's GOP nomination process has sealed the deal.

Paul Greenberg | January 19, 2012

Oh, dear. Still another Iranian nuclear scientist has met with a fatal accident. Accidents will happen, especially in the Middle East and to Iran's nuclear scientists.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 19, 2012

Whose job would you want to have? Would it be President Barack Obama's or Governor Chris Christie's in the great state of New Jersey? Would it be President Obama's, whose budget woes are getting graver, or would it be Governor Christie's, whose budget is at least looking to be survivable?

Cliff May | January 19, 2012

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has described the Muslim Brotherhood as “secular.” Vice President Joseph Biden recently said the Taliban “is not our enemy.” According to John Brennan, assistant to the President for counterterrorism, terrorists who proclaim they are motivated by religion should not be described using “religious terms.” Where do such ideas come from?

Jeff Carter | January 19, 2012

In the House, the bill is called SOPA, in the Senate it’s PIPA. The supporters of these bad bills don’t fall along party lines.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 19, 2012

As I’ve explained elsewhere, foreigners have more than $10 trillion invested in the U.S. economy, in part because the United States is a tax haven for foreign investors.

Mike Shedlock | January 19, 2012

There has been so much orchestrated "good news" that I can't help wondering if the bottom is about to fall out of the market.

Political Calculations | January 19, 2012

As you can see, nearly 70% of all abortions are performed in just 378 abortion clinics.

Wed, Jan 18, 2012

Ann Coulter | January 18, 2012

Mitt Romney has spent more than 20 years in private enterprise, making thousands of business decisions affecting hundreds of companies that led to more than 100,000 new jobs and billions of dollars for employees and investors. So you can see why the left despises him.

Earl Tilford | January 18, 2012

President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military is little more than an exercise in “back to the future.”

Michael Reagan | January 18, 2012

Much like one of his predecessors, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barack Obama has all but declared war on the United States Supreme Court.

Thomas Pyle | January 18, 2012

The world’s oil market seized in recent days amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. Oil-rich Iran, sensitive to the prospect of global sanctions on its exports, hinted that it would attack American shipping in the strait.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | January 18, 2012

The Golden Globes yesterday displayed Hollywood's increasingly coarse contribution to culture again this year as Ricky Gervais dropped an F-bomb during the show's broadcast. Evidently drinking, he told the AP how delighted he was to have: "a job where you can get drunk and say what you want and they still pay you."

Paul Greenberg | January 18, 2012

Let's hear it for The Usable Past. That phrase was much in vogue among historians not long ago, and may still be. Historians, too wanted to be part of the practical arts. History, we were told, isn't something to be studied for its own sake, but as a guide to current politics. A useful collection of talking points. A great warehouse of stick figures we can choose from to make our case.

Rachel Marsden | January 18, 2012

Once again, socialism has put a silver fork in itself. Standard & Poor's has downgraded France's AAA credit rating, giving the country the side-eye on its claims to have its debt under control. This means the country will now have to pay it all back at an even higher interest rate.

Crystal Wright | January 18, 2012

And then there were five. Jon Huntsman bid farewell to the race for the Republican presidential nomination this week, not shocking many. He leaves behind Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry and Paul. (Reminds me a little bit of a secular version of the last supper.)

Alan Sears | January 18, 2012

On December 6, President Barack Obama’s support for the demands of the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender” agenda rose to the next level when he issued a memorandum directing federal agencies abroad to “improve protections for LGBT asylum seekers and to strengthen opposition to criminalization of LGBT status or conduct.”

Jeff Jacoby | January 18, 2012

Near The Kirti Monastary in a Tibetan area of China's Sichuan province, 21-year-old Lobsang Jamyang publicly set himself on fire last Saturday. It was the fourth time this month that a Tibetan protesting Chinese repression had resorted to self-immolation.

Fred Wszolek | January 18, 2012

In reading some of the news coverage and commentary concerning President Obama’s non-recess appointments of Richard Griffin and Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) you would think they had waited months and even years under so-called “obstructionism” in the U.S. Senate.

Marybeth Hicks | January 18, 2012

The subject line of the email from my daughter read, “I shudder.”

Reince Priebus | January 18, 2012

He promised there wouldn’t be lobbyists. Not a one. But less than a week into Barack Obama’s presidency (a week!), the White House had hired at least a dozen of them. They granted exceptions for some, and for others they exploited loopholes in the administration’s own self-written, self-imposed rules.

Thomas Sowell | January 18, 2012

One of the ways of trying to reduce the vast disparities in economic success, which are common in countries around the world, is by making higher education more widely available, even for people without the money to pay for it.

Michelle Malkin | January 18, 2012

Well, isn't this rich? And I do mean rich. President Obama, man of the people, will deliver his presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Guy Benson | January 18, 2012

American conservatives and admirers of Margaret Thatcher the world over seem to be approaching 'The Iron Lady,' a new biopic about the former British Prime Minister, with justifiable skepticism.

John Stossel | January 18, 2012

Simple answers are so satisfying: Green jobs will fix the economy. Stimulus will create jobs. Charity helps people more than commerce. Everyone should vote.

Walter E. Williams | January 18, 2012

Last week, President Barack Obama, at a Capital Hilton fundraising event, told the crowd, "We can't go back to this brand of you're-on-your-own economics."

Brent Bozell | January 18, 2012

It's a crying shame that in today's network "news" media only books written by gabby left-wing celebrities generate interest. When those left-wing screeds are written by left-wing, celebrity clowns such as Michael Moore, Bill Maher or Ed Schultz, then somehow it's A-list booking. That's when the "Today" show and "The Tonight Show" roll out the red carpet.

Jonah Goldberg | January 18, 2012

"Corporations are people, my friend," Mitt Romney declared in a testy back-and-forth with hecklers last summer in Iowa.

Mona Charen | January 18, 2012

Simon Schama holds a place of honor in our home. Preparing for a trip to London in 2005, we watched his video series "A History of Britain" over the course of several weeks. Our boys loved it so much that they would chant "Britain! Britain!" after dinner. His history of the French Revolution, "Citizens," was masterful.

John Ransom | January 18, 2012

It’s ironic that the first European president of the United States may end up a victim of the financial crisis that’s killing the eurozone. It’s even funnier that a president who thought that managing China would be easier than managing the United States could also be done-in by China’s slowing economy.

Michael Medved | January 18, 2012

Mike Huckabee, affable host at this weekend’s Republican debate in South Carolina, occasionally (and effortlessly) upstaged the five presidential candidates who participated. The former Arkansas governor remains such a comfortable, self-assured media presence that many conservatives yearn for him to play a more prominent role in the party’s national leadership.

Ben Shapiro | January 18, 2012

A blonde finds lipstick on her husband's collar. Suspicious that he's cheating on her, she heads to a local gun shop and buys herself a pistol. That night, she hides in her bedroom closet. Sure enough, the husband comes home with his redheaded secretary on his arm and leads her to the bed. As they began to caress, the wife jumps out of the closet and holds the gun to her head.

Terry Jeffrey | January 18, 2012

Four days after police arrested Rosa Parks for refusing to surrender her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, the young Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. explained the Christian foundation of the civil rights movement he was about to lead.

David Harsanyi | January 18, 2012

Have you heard about these terrifying super PACs? According to cable news anchors -- and other trustworthy sources -- they're like political super-bugs, resistant to free will.

Austin Bay | January 18, 2012

February 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of former President Richard Nixon's historic Cold War visit to China. Nixon's trip produced the Shanghai Communique, a diplomatic statement in which both the U.S. and a still very red Communist China agreed to establish a political relationship based on something more than ideological antagonism and frozen or unfinished wars (North Korea and Taiwan) that could reignite.

Donald Lambro | January 18, 2012

President Obama's puny election year plan to consolidate a handful of government agencies and programs is about three years and $4 trillion too late.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 18, 2012

Why did Sen. Rick Santorum suddenly surge to the status of a leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president after having been treated like a not-to-be-taken-seriously contender in the many television debates? It's not only because a significant segment of conservatives voted by a super majority to back him at a meeting in Houston last week.

Bill Murchison | January 18, 2012

While second- and third-rank Republican presidential aspirants snort over front-runner Mitt Romney's liabilities, one of the truly large issues in present day politics emerges in Wisconsin. To wit, can anything be done to corral the excesses of public labor unions?

Peter Ferrara | January 18, 2012

The record of President Obama's first three years in office is in, and nothing that happens now can go back and change that. What that record shows is that President Obama, with his throwback, old-fashioned, 1970s Keynesian economics, has put America through the worst recovery from a recession since the Great Depression.

Brian Birdnow | January 18, 2012

Mainstream media hostility to the Republican Party is certainly nothing new, or at least not novel enough to lose any sleep over. The media narrative of the GOP as the captives of Wall Street and the business interests is as old as the hills.

Jacob Sullum | January 18, 2012

Winning Our Future, a "super PAC" that supports Newt Gingrich's bid for the Republican presidential nomination, is spending more than $1.2 million on ads in South Carolina, which holds its primary on Saturday. That fact requires some explanation.

Nathan Slaughter | January 18, 2012

Historically, platinum almost always trades at a premium to gold -- as you would expect, considering it's about 30 times rarer.

Ken Connor | January 18, 2012

GOP presidential hopefuls – most notably Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry – have been attempting to derail Golden Boy Mitt Romney's campaign momentum by attacking his background as a venture capitalist, deriding as "vulture capitalism" the practice of acquiring businesses through leveraged buyouts and attempting to increase their value through cutting costs, laying off workers and stripping out assets.

Jeff Carter | January 18, 2012

It’s economics. It’s not JOBS JOBS JOBS. But it is a prescription on how we will get out of this no growth high debt mess.

Mike Shedlock | January 18, 2012

This is a classic case of picking one tiny timeframe and extrapolating a coincident at best indicator (and possibly even a lagging indicator) into a leading one.

George Friedman | January 18, 2012

Barring severe miscalculations on the part of ECB officials managing the purchases or national governments issuing the bonds on the issue of timing, it will be impossible for a eurozone country to default in 2012.

Michael Prell | January 18, 2012

If you are a Republican candidate, who has built a campaign around being a better manager of the economy, a better economy (without the benefit of your management) would spell the end of your campaign.

Mark Calabria | January 18, 2012

Foremost among these ridiculous exemptions is the allowance of proprietary trading when the financial instrument in question is either a U.S. Treasury bill/bond or a security issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 18, 2012

The Obama Administration is pushing this regulation because it thinks the anti-tax competition agenda of Europe’s welfare states is so important that it is willing to risk the health of the American economy,

Michael Tanner | January 18, 2012

The Cato Institute's John Samples and Michael D. Tanner evaluate the GOP's struggle for identity.

Political Calculations | January 18, 2012

The chart below reveals what we found for the year 2008, which corresponds to the most recent year for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has published data regarding the racial distribution of who obtains abortions in the U.S.

Tue, Jan 17, 2012

Salena Zito | January 17, 2012

Richard Thomas said he prayed for guidance to select the best Republican presidential candidate in the South Carolina primary on Saturday. Those prayers brought Thomas, an engineer, to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the Palmetto State primary.

Caroline Glick | January 17, 2012

One of the declared goals of the Netanyahu government is to ensure that Israeli schoolchildren receive a strong Zionist education. To this end, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed Gideon Sa'ar as his education minister.

Frank Gaffney | January 17, 2012

“Don’t do it.” That is the message American officials, from President Obama on down, are delivering to their Israeli counterparts in the hope of dissuading the Jewish State from taking a fateful step: attacking Iran to prevent the mullahs’ imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Michael Brown | January 17, 2012

Appearing at Harvard University shortly before his death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. responded to an apparently hostile question from an audience member about Zionism, saying, “When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism.”

Dennis Prager | January 17, 2012

In the Republican presidential candidates’ debate on January 7, Congressman Ron Paul said: “I’m the only one up here . . . that understands true racism in this country is in the judicial system.”

Thomas Sowell | January 17, 2012

With all the talk about "disparities" in innumerable contexts, there is one very important disparity that gets remarkably little attention -- disparities in the ability to create wealth.

Chuck Norris | January 17, 2012

In my previous two columns, I outlined the 10 questions we need to ask to find our next president. I believe them wholeheartedly, but I have one last question that is almost as important as all of them combined. And it is for all the GOP candidates.

John Hawkins | January 17, 2012

If you were trying to come up with the atrocious candidate imaginable to go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama in 2012, you couldn't do much worse than Mitt Romney.

Mike Adams | January 17, 2012

In January 2009, a pro-life group at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) decided to publicize and protest the disproportionate abortion rate among black Americans. They argued that the racist roots of Planned Parenthood were reflected in the organization’s activities in our nation’s inner cities. But before they could hold their event, they had to have their posters approved by the college administration.

David Limbaugh | January 17, 2012

Mark Levin's hard work in researching, organizing and writing his new book, "Ameritopia," will be a blessing for all who read it.

Cal Thomas | January 17, 2012

While most attention is focused on the presidential race and Republican hopes to oust President Obama from office, some significant steps were taken last week on issues dear to the hearts of conservatives.

Pat Buchanan | January 17, 2012

"They're vultures that are sitting out there on the tree limb, waiting for a company to get sick, and then they swoop in ... eat the carcass ... and ... leave the skeleton."

Debra J. Saunders | January 17, 2012

After a New Year's Eve fight, former Venezuelan TV actress Eliana Lopez went to the home of neighbor Ivory Madison to talk about her husband's behavior. Madison later told police that she took video of a bruise on her friend's arm and had texts Lopez had sent that documented spousal abuse.

Rich Galen | January 17, 2012

When political professionals get together to discuss things like ads, campaign tactics, and debates they know the only thing that matters in the end is: "Did it move votes?"

Susan Stamper Brown | January 17, 2012

I guess we were supposed to be encouraged last week when the regulator-in-chief pulled out his plastic preschool scissors while promising to cut the government down to size.

Jerry Bowyer | January 17, 2012

What is more plausible is that the people themselves see the error of his (and their) ways, chastened by the results of our ill-conceived experiment in cool socialism, and they elect a president who leads us back towards freedom.

George Friedman | January 17, 2012

For the past six years, Stratfor has published an annual forecast on al Qaeda and the jihadist movement. Here's our forecast for 2012

Chris W. Cox | January 17, 2012

President Barack Obama has certainly changed the tone in Washington. What used to be a town well-known for partisan bickering has been transformed into a 24/7 hate fest. Obama may bemoan the rancor in Congress every time the cameras are rolling, but make no mistake, this acidic atmosphere is by his own design.

Crista Huff | January 17, 2012

The stock carries a 2012 price earnings ratio (PE) of 13.9 before the coming earnings estimate revisions. As EPS estimates are revised upward, the PE adjusts downward, indicating a strong growth company with a PE appealing to a value investor

Chris Poindexter | January 17, 2012

The U.S. economy looks good mostly because the economies of the other industrialized nations look worse, with the possible exception of Canada.

Bob Beauprez | January 17, 2012

In his just published column for ESPN, even the great Rick Reilly may have raised his own high standards. "I believe in Tim Tebow" captures the essence of a phenomenon that has engulfed a nation and much of the world.

Charlotte Hays | January 17, 2012

Although I nightly hang upon every word Bill O’Reilly spews forth in his “Talking Points Memo,” I must take issue with Mr. O’s dour, pre-Iowa assessment of the magnificent legislative achievements of Rep. Ron Paul.

John Browne | January 17, 2012

Bernanke offers endless words about the Fed's willingness to keep the economy on track. In reality it appears as if he only wants to do one thing: keep asset bubbles from collapsing by continually debasing the currency and looting the savings of thrifty Americans.

Dave Ramsey | January 17, 2012

The thing that worries me is you’ve completely skipped Baby Step 3, which is having three to six months of expenses in an emergency fund.

Paul Tracy | January 17, 2012

It pays a yield of 10.5%. And it's one of the most unique dividend payers on the market. It's not a regular business -- it doesn't have thousands of employees or millions of dollars worth of equipment --and it doesn't have complex operations that take a doctorate degree to understand or track.

Mike Shedlock | January 17, 2012

Is this a signal that Chancellor Merkel has had enough of bailouts and wants to dump Greece? I think so and talks with the IMF suggest so as well.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 17, 2012

The only potentially good thing about his plan (and I admit that I’m motivated by pettiness) is that it would tax hypocritical leftists such as Warren Buffett, who argue for higher income tax rates, secure in the knowledge that they will be largely unaffected.

Robert Knight | January 17, 2012

America lost an unsung hero on January 8 with the passing of Thomas H. Landess, Ph.D.

Jeff Carter | January 17, 2012

Riots have taken place in “civilized” first world countries. Spain, Italy, Greece, even France and England. Unemployment in some of them is over 20%, and for younger people that have never been hired it can be significantly higher.

Marita Noon | January 17, 2012

Last week, Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund miscounted his cards when he claimed that new EPA regulations will “protect the IQ of countless of American kids and help clear the air for millions of Americans with asthma.”

David Sterman | January 17, 2012

These software programs are remarkably similar to each other, and this year's programs look and feel a lot like the offerings from last year. Frankly, it's hard to make a case for one tax software package over the other as they are both quite good.

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Humberto Fontova | January 16, 2012

Why did only Americans of Cuban heritage get miffed at Mercedes Benz for their Che Guevara promotional flap? From USA Today to Forbes and from the Miami Herald to The Blaze, it was the same story “Cuban-Americans angered.” Then “Mercedes apologizes to Cuban-Americans.”

Armstrong Williams | January 16, 2012

The black community currently collectively faces a series of problems, each related to the others, each compounding one another, and we must face them all together. We as a nation cannot ignore any of them.

David Holt | January 16, 2012

As the New Year moves forward, Americans are pursuing resolutions that will help them improve their lives. However, the single most important action that can benefit the nation’s businesses, industry and consumers is the advancement of sensible policies that enable the full development of the United States robust energy resources.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | January 16, 2012

On October 16, 2011 the new memorial for Martin Luther was finally completed. There was only one problem with the work. The wrong words were carved on the statue. The tone of the phrase misrepresented “the spirit” of the fallen leader. After a huge controversy, the memorial leadership decided to change the writing on the statue.

Paul Driessen | January 16, 2012

All Americans hope condors will not be sliced and diced by giant Cuisinarts. But most of us are puzzled that so few “environmentalists” and FWS “caretakers” express concern about the countless bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures, ducks, geese, bats and other rare, threatened, endangered and common flying creatures imperiled by turbine blades.

Rich Galen | January 16, 2012

Some of you might have noticed that I like to do TV; which is to say I will go anywhere, anytime, to be on with anyone, on any TV outlet including "Bob's TV Network" (BTV) even if its is available only within the confines of his mother's house in Cleveland which includes Bob's combo basement/bedroom/TV studio.

Jeff Jacoby | January 16, 2012

Any time is the right time to read Martin Luther King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail." But it pulses with special relevance during Black History Month.

Michael Barone | January 16, 2012

Of course President Obama is not concentrating on campaigning, White House press spokesmen assured us -- as the president headed off to Chicago for three fundraisers and a drop-in at his campaign headquarters, two days after a high-roller fundraising choked off traffic five blocks from the White House, with the assistance of a score of D.C. police cars.

Mike Adams | January 16, 2012

Author’s Note: A student-led apologetics ministry at Lenoir-Rhyne University called Ratio Christi will be hosting a convocation on Spiritual and Intellectual development titled "Postmodernism, Political Correctness, and Christianity" on Thursday, January 19th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Belk Centrum. I am honored to be the featured speaker. A Q&A will follow the presentation. The event is open to the public. I hope to see you there.

Star Parker | January 16, 2012

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 66 percent of respondents agree that there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between rich and poor in America. This is up from 47 percent that agreed with this two years ago.

John Ransom | January 16, 2012

This guy’s no longer president of anything. He’s just a cartoon caricature of Warren G Harding with a score of Tea Pot Domes: Stimulus, Solyndra, Soros, Fast and Furious.

Katie Kieffer | January 16, 2012

The Beatles once rocked America with their cover version of “Money (That’s What I Want).” Today, I’ll rock you with my version. Capitalism don't get everything it's true. What it don't get I can't use. Now gimme capitalism (that's what I want).

Lurita Doan | January 16, 2012

Today Americans are remembering a great leader of our past, while at the same time thinking about how poorly our current President’s leadership compares.

Terry Paulson | January 16, 2012

Mitt Romney, fresh from victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, continues to attack President Obama and focus on how he has the business background to..."get America working again." But he can thank the Wall Street Journal, an angry Newt Gingrich, and opposition research for testing the mettle of the man early!

Bruce Bialosky | January 16, 2012

A few years ago, we came up with a great idea on how to handle Thanksgiving break with both of our children in college. Instead of bringing them home to stuff them on Thanksgiving Day – and then not see much of them for the rest of the weekend – we decided to rendezvous in a great American city. This year, in a family ballot, we selected New Orleans (previous winners were New York and Chicago).

Dan Holler | January 16, 2012

Americans understand that this summer’s debt deal was baloney. They know the Washington Establishment is incapable of doing the right thing now, which is why they do not trust promises that stretch over the next decade.

Jeff Carter | January 16, 2012

In my personal life, God has never determined if I was successful at doing a trade or investing in a business.

Nathan Slaughter | January 16, 2012

We think silver is a bargain right now. In fact, I've been telling my Scarcity & Real Wealth subscribers that I believe a sharp move in silver could be in store for investors.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 16, 2012

If there was an award for the strangest argument in favor of higher taxes, it would probably belong to a group of academics who have concluded that “progressive” tax systems make people happier.

Paul Tracy | January 16, 2012

I seek to identify pockets of stability that can withstand global markets' herd mentality. Generally, dividend-paying stocks have offered a measure of stability and have tended to outperform the broader markets.

Larry Kudlow | January 16, 2012

Worldwide employment for U.S. Government, Inc. is estimated to be over two million, a completely unmanageable number for a venture like this.

Mike Shedlock | January 16, 2012

There are no winning plays for Japan, given a debt load set to hit 230 percent of gross domestic product. The US would be advised to pay attention.

Mark Calabria | January 16, 2012

When you see the next round of CBO budget forecasts, take them with a huge grain of salt. The truth is likely to be much worse.

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George Friedman | January 15, 2012

If the FJP keeps its plurality of votes, it will become responsible for forming the first Egyptian government since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Mark Baisley | January 15, 2012

In his book How to Stop Dialogue In Its Tracks, Sacha Baron Cohen provides three awkward statements for guys that can be employed to bring a lousy date to a quick conclusion.

Paul Jacob | January 15, 2012

The experts have found themselves put in their place. We're all students now.

Derek Hunter | January 15, 2012

As hype around the general election ramps up, it looks like progressives again will do anything to hold on to power and advance their agenda. Events this week gave us a peek behind the curtain into the mind of the honest, “tolerant” class and exposed how they work. Let’s take a look.

Erik Telford | January 15, 2012

In 2008, Barack Obama was swept into the White House in large part due to public opposition to President Bush’s heavy-handed use of executive power and accusations that he had circumvented Congress - a constant criticism employed by candidate Obama on the stump.

John Ransom | January 15, 2012

In this week's Email, Hate Mail we take on misanthropy, misinformation and MsAllison.

Salena Zito | January 15, 2012

President Barack Obama stood in the gymnasium of upscale Shaker Heights High School in suburban Cleveland on Jan. 4, in front of high school students and supporters.

Austin Hill | January 15, 2012

The Republican primary races are underway, and pundits are abuzz about whether or not religious social conservatives will embrace Mitt Romney.

Doug Giles | January 15, 2012

This month a report surfaced of 3rd graders in Charlottesville, Virginia singing a song that the kiddos wrote (or so we were told) about being part of the 99% “Occupiers.” Here is a sample of the lyrics that the 9-year-olds supposedly drafted and then crooned for their comrades in class.

Steven Aden | January 15, 2012

The basic components of a choice are easiest understood as a selection of one option out of the two or more options that are presented at any given time. Often choices are simple: vanilla or rocky road, for example. But sometimes they are difficult, especially if the choice in view carries life-altering—and perhaps even life-ending—consequences.

Steve Chapman | January 15, 2012

Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have brought Mormons into the spotlight, and other Americans may be a bit intimidated at what they see.

Townhall.com Staff | January 15, 2012

This is the time of year when 2012 prediction lists abound. I am struck by how many lists have included some reference to a surge in American entrepreneurship during the next year. Entrepreneurs are clearly being counted upon to act as one of the centerpieces of America's economic recovery.

Ed Feulner | January 15, 2012

Every election, we’re told, is important. Critical, even. But it’s more than the usual hyperbole this time.

Mike Shedlock | January 15, 2012

The president's proposal does not eliminate anything. Instead it merges small bureaucracies into even bigger bureaucracies.

Michael Youssef | January 15, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has been an enigma to every freedom-loving American patriot. Using this unprecedented American freedom, he built a large empire and then used his vast wealth to get elected and then re-elected as mayor of America’s financial capital—New York City.

Crista Huff | January 15, 2012

In addition to dividend growth, look for corporate growth via new energy projects.

Paul Kengor | January 15, 2012

If Mitt Romney gets the GOP nomination, prepare for a season of class warfare in America unlike any before. Not only has President Obama been pushing class warfare unceasingly for three years now, but his chief strategist, David Axelrod, has been employing precisely this tactic against Romney, and well before Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry started harshly criticizing Romney’s Bain Capital work.

Bill Tatro | January 15, 2012

The retailers opened for business not only at the customary time of 12:00AM on Black Friday, but also unlocked their doors on the evening of Turkey Day.

Political Calculations | January 15, 2012

Today new data marks the fourth time in the last six weeks in which the size of the change in the reported numbers from week to week has exceeded one standard deviation. That's specifically what we're looking at when we suggest that the established trend may be beginning to break down.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 15, 2012

Along with many others, I complained a couple of days ago that Mercedes-Benz was morally bankrupt for using the image of a notorious racist, communist, and murderer as part of a marketing gimmick.

Michael Tanner | January 15, 2012

Yet for all the sound and fury — and beating drums in Zuccotti Park — almost everything that people presume about inequality in America is wrong.